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University of Minnesota Press
Centered on practices of the body-human bodies, the “body politic”--Bodies and Disciplines considers a fascinating and largely uncanonical group of texts, as well as public dramas, rituals, and spectacles, from multidisciplinary perspectives. These essays consider the way the human body is subjected to educational discipline, to corporate celebration, and to the production of gendered identity through the experiences of marriage and childbirth. Among the topics explored are the “theatrics of punishment,” including legal mutilation; the representation of the body of Christ as social ritual; adolescent misbehavior and its treatment; and conflicting ecclesiastical and lay models of sexual behavior. The contributors also trace the definition of “poor,” “foreign,” and “dissident” bodies, examining private and public issues surrounding social identities.

The result is a volume that incorporates insights from history, literature, medieval studies, and critical theory, drawing from the strengths of each discipline to illuminate a relatively little-studied period. Insightful and momentous, Bodies and Disciplines marks an important intervention in the development of cultural studies of late medieval England.

Contributors: Sarah Beckwith, U of Pittsburgh; Rita Copeland, U of Minnesota; Gail McMurray Gibson, Davidson College; Ralph Hanna III, U of California, Riverside; Felicity Heal, Oxford U; Ruth Mazo Karras, Temple U; Seth Lerer, Stanford U; Marjorie K. McIntosh, U of Colorado, Boulder; Miri Rubin, Oxford U; Paul Strohm, Indiana U.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Series Page, Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. ix-xii
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  1. 1. Brewing Trouble: On Literature and History—and Alewives
  2. Ralph Hanna III
  3. pp. 1-18
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  1. 2. The Body, Whole and Vulnerable, in Fifteenth-Century England
  2. Miri Rubin
  3. pp. 19-28
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  1. 3. "Representyd now in yower syght": The Culture of Spectatorship in Late-Fifteenth-Century England
  2. Seth Lerer
  3. pp. 29-62
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  1. 4. Ritual, Theater, and Social Space in the York Corpus Christi Cycle
  2. Sarah Beckwith
  3. pp. 63-86
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  1. 5. Finding Language for Misconduct: Jurors in Fifteenth-Century Local Courts
  2. Marjorie K. Mclntosh
  3. pp. 87-122
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  1. 6. Two Models, Two Standards: Moral Teaching and Sexual Mores
  2. Ruth Mazo Karras
  3. pp. 123-138
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  1. 7. Blessing from Sun and Moon: Churching as Women's Theater
  2. Gail McMurray Gibson
  3. pp. 139-154
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  1. 8. "The Childe of Bristowe" and the Making of Middle-Class Adolescence
  2. Barbara A. Hanawalt
  3. pp. 155-178
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  1. 9. Reciprocity and Exchange in the Late Medieval Household
  2. Felicity Heal
  3. pp. 179-198
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  1. 10. William Thorpe and His Lollard Community: Intellectual Labor and the Representation of Dissent
  2. Rita Copeland
  3. pp. 199-222
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  1. Afterword: What Happens at Intersections?
  2. Paul Strohm
  3. pp. 223-232
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 233-234
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 235-242
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